trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \

Definition of tradesman

1 : a worker in a skilled trade : craftsman
2 : one who runs a retail store : shopkeeper

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Examples of tradesman in a Sentence

electricians, plumbers, and other tradesmen He joined the tradesmen's union.
Recent Examples on the Web The patient who has dinner with her doctor at a country club is more likely to be able to jump the queue than a carpenter, bricklayer or other tradesman. John C. Goodman, Forbes, "Who Is Getting the Vaccine? Who Isn’t? And Why?," 3 Mar. 2021 Villarreal, who is also a skilled tradesman and has experience with aquaponics, became a co-owner of the company in February. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is an untapped market': Aquaponics farm will raise chemical and GMO free vegetables and fish," 11 Aug. 2020 Hansen spent the last 10 years researching and building his skills as a skilled tradesman. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is an untapped market': Aquaponics farm will raise chemical and GMO free vegetables and fish," 11 Aug. 2020 And Null found that forgetting a child in a car has happened to people in all walks of life, from barbers to baristas, from students to teachers and principals, from lawyers, judges and administrators to waiters, police officers and tradesmen. Los Angeles Times, "California’s April heat wave is a time to be extra cautious about children and pets in parked cars," 23 Apr. 2020 Deineka was born in Kursk, the son of a railway worker, while Samokhvalov was the child of a small-time tradesman in the town of Bezhetsk, in Tver Oblast. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "Realists of the Soviet Fantasy," 18 Nov. 2019 Skilled tradesmen, such as carpenters, plumbers and masons, earned over $55,000 annually, not including overtime, according to a 2018 national survey. Dallas News, "Help wanted: Why the construction industry is recruiting more women," 8 Mar. 2020 My ancestors were petty tradesmen, yeoman farmers, bookbinders, glaziers, suspenders-makers, some of them (but not all of them) Jews, the kind of people more apt to play the part of the trampled than the trampler. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Rankins, who had been incarcerated, reentered the workforce after being trained as a carpenter and tradesman by a company called R Investments. Neil Vigdor,, "State of the Union guests: Who are President Trump and members of Congress bringing?," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tradesman

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tradesman was circa 1591

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15 Mar 2021

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“Tradesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tradesman

: a person who works in a job that requires special skill or training
chiefly British : someone who sells or delivers goods


trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \
plural tradesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of tradesman

1 : a person who runs a retail store

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